Dr. Debolina Dutta

Dr. Debolina Dutta

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne);

M.Phil. (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata);

LL.B. (Bharti Vidyapeeth University, Pune);

B.A., English Literature (Presidency College, University of Calcutta)

: ddutta@jgu.edu.in

Dr. Debolina Dutta holds academic degrees in law, literature and cultural studies. Her research is located at the intersections of jurisprudence, postcolonial theory, law and the humanities, sexuality studies, socio-legal studies, and feminist ethics. Debolina was Residential Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School (2021-2022) and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Melbourne Law School (2020-2021). She sits on the editorial boards of Australian Feminist Law JournalLaw and Literature and Social and Legal Studies. She is also a member of the regional governing board of Urgent Action Fund (Asia and Pacific). Debolina is on the faculty of the inaugural Academy in Advanced Legal Research and Method of the Transnational Association of Legal Scholars, Laureate Research Programme in Global Corporations and International Law, Melbourne Law School. Her monograph The Practise of Feminist Jurisprudence: Law, Public Life and Conversations in Post-colonial India is forthcoming with the Law in Context series, Cambridge University Press, UK. 

As a feminist, researcher and activist Debolina has had a long-standing relationship with the sex workers’ movement in India. She has worked as a sexual rights advocate both nationally and internationally, including at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Previously, she was advocacy and research officer at CREA, New Delhi.  

Her writings have appeared in Australian Feminist Law JournalChildhoodFeminist StudiesInternational Journal of Law in ContextGlobal Public HealthRoutledge Handbook on the Politics of Global HealthRoutledge Handbook on International Law and the HumanitiesResearch Handbook on Law and LiteraturePalgrave Handbook of Gender and Development,  among others. She received the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights in 2017.  Her co-directed documentary film We Are Foot Soldiers, on the collectivization of children of sex workers in Sonagachi, Kolkata, received the 3rd prize at Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Competition in 2012.  

Alongside her academic research, Debolina is always passionately looking forward to a bone-chilling, nerve-wracking, mind-boggling crime thriller for relaxation.  

Debolina’s published works are available here: https://jgu.academia.edu/DebolinaDutta